They can cause us some problems, Rizwan wary of world-class New Zealand trio

Mohammad Rizwan said Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner can cause Pakistan some problems

Mohammad Rizwan: “If New Zealand have the luxury of fielding a world-class seam-bowling attack like [Trent] Boult, [Tim] Southee and Wagner, then our bowlers certainly have the capacity and firepower to create a lot of problems for their batsmen”

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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has admitted that the New Zealand pace trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner could cause his side some problems during the upcoming Test series.

Rizwan’s comments come ahead of the first Test in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, where he will be captaining Pakistan.

The 28-year-old was put in charge after regular skipper Babar Azam was ruled out of the match as he is still recovering from a fractured right thumb.

While Rizwan conceded that Boult, Southee and Wagner pose a serious threat, he noted that the Pakistan bowlers can give the New Zealand batsmen a run for their money as well.

“We don’t need to read too much [into] what they [New Zealand] have in store for Pakistan. We had a good look at the pitch today and found the strip fully covered at the top,” Rizwan was quoted as saying by Dawn. “The lush exterior is a clear indication that it [will] be a green-top Test match pitch.

“Our job is to go out and perform as well as we are capable of and if New Zealand have the luxury of fielding a world-class seam-bowling attack like [Trent] Boult, [Tim] Southee and Wagner, then our bowlers certainly have the capacity and firepower to create a lot of problems for their batsmen.”

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